Near Los Angeles, the Woolsey and Hill fires have already scorched more than 7,000 acres, resulting in the evacuation of 88,000 homes by Friday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The three wildfires are being fueled by dry conditions and strong Santa Ana winds. And on Friday, each of the fires remained almost completely uncontained. The severe fire activity is raising questions about whether climate change is influencing wildfires, especially in the American West.
“No matter how hard we try, the fires are going to keep getting bigger, and the reason is really clear,” said Williams in an interview about their findings. “Climate is really running the show in terms of what burns. We should be getting ready for bigger fire years than those familiar to previous generations.”
Watch Williams discuss his research on droughts and wildfires in the video below.